File:ASM Microbe 2016.agr.jpg|thumb|330px|ASM Microbe 2016 meeting in Boston
The '''American Society for Microbiology''' ('''ASM'''), originally the '''Society of American Bacteriologists''', is a professional organization for scientists who study virus
, and protozoa
as well as other aspects of microbiology
. Founded in 1899, ASM has grown into the largest life science professional organization in the world. The Society publishes a variety of scientific journals, textbooks, and other educational materials related to microbiology and infectious diseases. Additionally, ASM organizes several large annual meetings, as well as workshops and professional development opportunities for its members.